Dawkins converses with Archbishop

first_imgProfessor Richard Dawkins and Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams discussed ‘the nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin’ in front of a packed Sheldonian theatre on Thursday.Hosted by Sophia Europa, the discussion was chaired by philosopher Sir Anthony Kenny and livestreamed online and in two Oxford lecture theatres. The discussion began with the three figures agreeing mutual belief in truth, logic and science. Kenny then directed the speakers from the origin of humanity to the beginnings of the universe, pushing both sides towards clarity despite claiming to laughs at the beginning that he had been invited as ‘the representative of ignorance.’Although the event had been expected as a clash of two strongly opinionated and opposing figures, in reality they showed far more agreement than difference.Dawkins conceded that self-reflexive consciousness which seems only to be present in humanity was ‘deeply mysterious’, whilst the Archbishop accepted that there had been a gradual evolution of human beings, rather than a sudden incident when the new species was created.Indeed it was left to Dawkins to suggest points where a sudden leap of ‘conscience’ could have been, such as the introduction of language (although both figures did question who the first linguists would have spoken to.)Williams conceded that he was unclear as to the nature of the soul after Dawkins had questioned its existence, stating, ‘A soul is something that does not cease with death, but what it is I have no idea.’ The scientist also questioned the Archbishop on his understanding of the world, asking, ‘Why don’t you see the extraordinary beauty of the idea that we can explain the world from nothing? Why do you want to clutter up your world view with something so messy as a god?’However Williams responded, ‘When I want to solve problems of 21st century science I use the methods of 21st century science. When I want to understand my place in the universe, I reserve the right to go back to Genesis.’ He suggested that the creation narratives were not literal accounts but rather what God had wanted men to know three centuries ago. Meanwhile Dawkins told the audience that he was not an atheist but an agnostic who was dealing with God on the basis of probability.Lincoln student Patrick Reid, who attended the debate, told Cherwell, ‘I think both sides did well but I felt that Dawkins argued his corner more. Williams was a bit more conciliatory, which I found surprising.’Reid added, ‘The topics discussed certainly went over interesting ground, such as the nature of consciousness and the true origin of life. I thought this made it a much more interesting discussion than a simple debate of the existence of God, as some people may have been expecting.’However another student commented, ‘It was interesting that the Archbishop was prepared to give up so much ground, especially suggesting that Genesis was not factually correct. I’m disappointed that Dawkins didn’t push him more on this issue and ask where in the bible was historically reliable.’Theology D.Phil student James Patrick stated, ‘I think Dawkins appealed to ‘science of the gaps’ far too often, that the archbishop ought to have had a better response to suffering, and that Sir Anthony outshone his interlocutors as an honest agnostic in search of evidence.’Dawkins had previously caused controversy the Monday before at an Oxford Think Week event. He described the burqa as a ‘binbag’ and stated that no creationists should be allowed to study at the university, arguing, ‘With such a warped view of the world they are not qualified to be accepted to Oxford at all.’ These comments were challenged by members of the audience, leading to Dawkins retracting his ‘binbag’  joke and emphasising that he did not consider himself as a spokesperson for atheism, as many people considered him to be.Professor Richard Dawkins and Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams discussed ‘the nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin’ in front of a packed Sheldonian theatre on Thursday.Hosted by Sophia Europa, the discussion was chaired by philosopher Sir Anthony Kenny and livestreamed online and in two Oxford lecture theatres. The discussion began with the three figures agreeing mutual belief in truth, logic and science. Kenny then directed the speakers from the origin of humanity to the beginnings of the universe, pushing both sides towards clarity despite claiming to laughs at the beginning that he had been invited as ‘the representative of ignorance.’Although the event had been expected as a clash of two strongly opinionated and opposing figures, in reality they showed far more agreement than difference.Dawkins conceded that self-reflexive consciousness which seems only to be present in humanity was ‘deeply mysterious’, whilst the Archbishop accepted that there had been a gradual evolution of human beings, rather than a sudden incident when the new species was created.Indeed it was left to Dawkins to suggest points where a sudden leap of ‘conscience’ could have been, such as the introduction of language (although both figures did question who the first linguists would have spoken to.)Williams conceded that he was unclear as to the nature of the soul after Dawkins had questioned its existence, stating, ‘A soul is something that does not cease with death, but what it is I have no idea.’ The scientist also questioned the Archbishop on his understanding of the world, asking, ‘Why don’t you see the extraordinary beauty of the idea that we can explain the world from nothing? Why do you want to clutter up your world view with something so messy as a god?’ However Williams responded, ‘When I want to solve problems of 21st century science I use the methods of 21st century science. When I want to understand my place in the universe, I reserve the right to go back to Genesis.’ He suggested that the creation narratives were not literal accounts but rather what God had wanted men to know three centuries ago. Meanwhile Dawkins told the audience that he was not an atheist but an agnostic who was dealing with God on the basis of probability.Lincoln student Patrick Reid, who attended the debate, told Cherwell, ‘I think both sides did well but I felt that Dawkins argued his corner more. Williams was a bit more conciliatory, which I found surprising.’Reid added, ‘The topics discussed certainly went over interesting ground, such as the nature of consciousness and the true origin of life. I thought this made it a much more interesting discussion than a simple debate of the existence of God, as some people may have been expecting.’However another student commented, ‘It was interesting that the Archbishop was prepared to give up so much ground, especially suggesting that Genesis was not factually correct. I’m disappointed that Dawkins didn’t push him more on this issue and ask where in the bible was historically reliable.’Theology D.Phil student James Patrick stated, ‘I think Dawkins appealed to ‘science of the gaps’ far too often, that the archbishop ought to have had a better response to suffering, and that Sir Anthony outshone his interlocutors as an honest agnostic in search of evidence.’Dawkins had previously caused controversy the Monday before at an Oxford Think Week event. He described the burqa as a ‘binbag’ and stated that no creationists should be allowed to study at the university, arguing, ‘With such a warped view of the world they are not qualified to be accepted to Oxford at all.’ These comments were challenged by members of the audience, leading to Dawkins retracting his ‘binbag’ joke and emphasising that he did not consider himself as a spokesperson for atheism, as many people considered him to be.last_img read more

Margate street a revolving door for one couple

first_imgThe home has polished timber floorboards.“They used to live on Duffield Rd I believe,” Ms Mulholland said.“They loved the character of the home and they bought it for the proximity to the water and the shopping centre.”More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The bathroom has a corner spa bath.The four-bedroom, three-bathroom sold for $580,000, and Ms Mulholland said 25 groups inspected the property.“Even when this one went under contract we had other people interested,” she said.“We probably could have sold it another two or three times.” The home at 55 Duffield Rd, Margate, sold for $580,000.DUFFIELD Rd has been a revolving door for the new owners of this Margate property.Ray White Redcliffe agent Loren Mulholland said the buyers of 55 Duffield Rd were from Brisbane’s northside, and were moving out to Margate for the lifestyle. Inside 55 Duffield Rd, Margate.Ms Mulholland said there was a shortage of stock in the area, which was driving performance.“The market is really strong, days on market is short,” she said.“There’s a lot of buyer activity and a lot of demand for the suburb.”The agent said she would like the see more versatile, large family homes come on the market.“We would like to see more family homes.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD288p288pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCoreLogic Brisbane Housing Market Update – August 201809:25last_img read more

New United Mexican States Ambassador to Dominica

first_img 47 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews New United Mexican States Ambassador to Dominica by: – June 28, 2012center_img Ambassador Edmundo Font Lopez presenting his credentials to President Liverpool The new Ambassador of the United Mexican States to Dominica His Excellency Edmundo Font Lopez described future predictions for relations between his country and Dominica as a splendid and prosperous one.H.E. Edmundo Font Lopez replaces previous ambassador to Dominica, Gerardo Lozano.The new ambassador presented his letter of credence with wishes of success and a beneficial alliance to Dominica’s President H.E. Nicholas Liverpool on Wednesday.“We have always had excellent relations and good friendship. As a country belonging to the great Caribbean, Mexico has one of its priorities to achieve a greater bond with the region and President Calderon has highlighted on many occasions the importance of Mexico to strengthen its ties with the English speaking countries, particularly with members of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) with whom we share similar goals and challenges. As President Calderon mentioned during the second Caricom/Mexico Summit, the cooperation for development is one of the main challenges we face. For that reason I totally agree that we must promote the exchange of experiences in these areas to increase the competitiveness of our economies and to provide employment to our people. We can collaborate and share experiences in areas such as tourism, trade facilitation and transportation and for modernisation.”H.E. Dr. Nicholas Liverpool received the new ambassador with anticipation of stronger mutual cooperation between the two countries.“Your Excellency, I note your commitment to continue and deepen the work of your predecessors in maintaining and strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation which already exists between our countries. We look forward to the strengthening of mutual cooperation in areas of common interest and to even closer ties as we continue in our search for a brighter future for us all.”“Dominica will make every effort to explore avenues of increased cooperation between our two countries. Our cooperation with your country in the regional and international arena can be counted upon and we look forward to providing continual support for the candidacy of the Mexican United States on various regional and international bodies in appropriate circumstances.”H.E. Lopez shared his country’s intention to help develop the island by continuing to provide scholarships for Dominicans.“My mission will be to increase the cultural programme in our two countries and to have more people of the Commonwealth of Dominica benefiting of the scholarships that the Mexican Government offers in order for the students to return and make a vibrant contribution in their country upon their return.”Government Information Service Share Tweetlast_img read more

Champions League: Lyon upset Man City

first_imgA missed open goal from Raheem Sterling proved pivotal as a Moussa Dembele-inspired Lyon upset the odds to knock Man City out of the Champions League.Man City cracked the Lyon defence wide open in the early stages, though Sterling’s close-range cutback was cleared by the outstretched leg of a Lyon defender with Gabriel Jesus poised to strike. Lyon’s first opportunity came from a corner after City’s clearance fell straight to centre-half Marcelo.The Brazilian chested the ball down and unleashed a fierce low drive that drew a smart stop from Ederson.Despite ceding the majority of possession to City, Lyon took the lead in the 24th minute.Karl Toko Ekambi latched onto a lofted through ball after Kyle Walker played the forward onside, with the ball breaking to Maxwel Cornet following Eric Garcia’s last-ditch tackle.The Ivorian’s accurate first-time finish caught Ederson out at the near post as Lyon took a surprising 1-0 lead. Pep Guardiola’s men attempted to raise the tempo of their play, and Sterling turned provider for Rodri in a chance the Spaniard should’ve done better with.Sterling’s fake cross left one defender in his wake and cut the ball back to Rodri, but his shot was scuffed and hit too central to truly trouble the Lyon goalkeeper.An exquisite pass from De Bruyne then set Sterling away, but his finish like Rodri’s wasn’t sufficient to level the scores as half-time approached.City once again retained the bulk of possession following the break, but chances from open play were proving difficult to carve out against a resilient and energetic Lyon side.Kevin De Bruyne stung the hands of Anthony Lopes from a free kick just before the hour mark, but failed to hit the target from an even better position moments later. The Belgian found the mark at the third time of asking in the 67th minute after neat work set Sterling scampering away down the left.The England forward found De Bruyne unmarked inside the box and the Belgian duly tucked away first-time to level the scores at 1-1.Jesus then forced Lopes into a smart near-post save as City got their tails up, but failed to score form an even better chance moments later.Lyon then hit City on the break and retook the lead through substitute Moussa Dembele, but the goal was not without its controversy.RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results A VAR check ruled out a possible foul in the build-up, and adjudged a Lyon attacker not to have been interfering with play after the through ball that set Dembele haring down on goal had passed between his legs.The match then turned on its head as Raheem Sterling somehow missed an open goal from barely six yards, then Lyon tore down the other end minutes later and made it 3-1 through Dembele after Ederson failed to adequately clear the initial shot.City pushed desperately to get back into the game, but time was always against them as their Champions League campaign came to a close at the quarter-final stage.Tags: EdersonGabriel JesusLyonMoussa DembelePep GuardiolaRaheem SterlingUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more